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 Black Mesa State Park

Black Mesa State Park
HCY 1, Box 8
Kenton, Oklahoma 73946
(580) 426-2222

Location:

Off County Road 325, 27 miles northwest of Boise City, Oklahoma Approximately 124 miles North of Amarillo, 
Texas. Black Mesa stands majestically as the highest point in Oklahoma. With an elevation of 4,973' at the high 
point, monument lures hikers from all over the world.

Features/Facilities

349 Park Acres * 159-Acre Lake Carl Etling * 55 Campsites (S) (P) (D) *Group Camp (capacity of 120) * 
Black Mesa Preserve * Hiking Trail * Boating * Fishing * Playground (S) (P) (D)
(M) Modern Campsite (electric, water and sewer hook-ups (M)
(S) Semi-Modern Campsite (electric and water hook-ups) (S)
(P) Primitive Campsite (no hook-ups, water faucet nearby) (P)
(D) Dump Station (D)

Fish Species in Lake Carl Etling:  Large and small mouth Bass, Hybred Striped Bass, Channel Cat, 
Flatheads, sunfish, Rainbow Trout, and Walleye.

Tagged Trout Fishing Derby Located at the Black Mesa State Park from the first weekend thru the last weekend of the
 month. Trout Fishing Tournament on the 25th and 26th, at Lake Carl Etling. 

Sponsored by the Tagged Trout Fishing Derby
Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (580-544-3121 Lynn Richardson for more information

May

Memorial Weekend 25th Skelly Memorial Ranch Rodeo

A ranch rodeo consisting of area ranches competing in memory of local cowboys. Located at Prather arena near the Black Mesa State Park. Admission Fee $4.00 Time 2:00pm Contact Don Prather (580) 426-2416 or 426-2412 for more information.

 

Black Mesa Bed & Breakfast
P.O. Box 81, Kenton, Ok 73946
Phone: 1-800-866-3009 or 1-580-261-7443
E-Mail BMBB1@juno.com

Bird watchers, rock and fossil hounds, archaeology buffs, campers and anglers find common ground at 
Black  Mesa named for a lava-topped mesa 14 miles north of the park.  At 4,973 feet, Black Mesa formed 30 million years ago is the highest point in Oklahoma and it extends for 45 miles into New Mexico and Colorado.  A well-marked trail to the top takes about four hours to hike.  Around the park itself, travelers find 
dinosaur pits, American Indian pictographs and volcanic rock formations.  The park's 260 acre lake Carl Etling offers ice fishing when blue northers blow and year-round open channel fishing.  As you drive out of 
the park, look for towering Dakota sandstone formations south of US 385.  They're called the 
"Three Sisters or the Wedding Party.

East of Kenton on SH 325, is a county road marked "To Black Mesa."  Travel north to the mesa; as 
the highway curves around the mesa's east side, look to the east for a hill with a rock rim (there's a 
house at the base).  The hill is Robbers Roost, a hideout for outlaw gangs that raided area ranches and Santa Fe Trail freight caravans.  The petrified forest on Robbers Roost has been called a "dinosaur 
graveyard."

A road sign marked with a dinosaur outline takes travelers to a dry creek bed where tracks of the 
Allosaurus from the Pleistocene era are preserved.  More than 18 tons of fossilized dinosaur bones
have been taken from he area.  The prize find was a six-foot long femur.

This 349-acre park in Oklahoma's panhandle got its name from the layer of black lava rock that coated the 
mesa about 30 million years ago. The Nature Preserve contains 1460 acres located 15 miles from the state 
park and features Oklahoma's highest elevation at 4,973 feet above sea level. The highest point can only be
reached by a fairly challenging, 4 mile hiking trail and is marked by a granite monument. Black Mesa State 
Park is adjacent to Lake Carl Etling and offers 63 campsites, picnic facilities, 2 boat ramps and a mooring 
buoy, fishing, a playground, restrooms with showers and a group camp with 12 bunkhouses to accommodate
132.

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